Example of Walk
Example of Panarama
Example of Spin
Julia and I are clinging to the WordPress site set up cliff, but we are hanging on. I made this infographic for our presentation and embedded it, with hopes that it helps explain what we did. Thanks to Craig for mapping it out on paper first and for the uber helpful “build a house” analogy. I will embed our Google Slides once we have finished them up.
And I am keen to try some of the photo manipulation tricks we were shown this morning with a whack of photos I took outside the Miro museum after lunch.
My brain has been WordPressed … but with a little overnight consolidation I am hopeful to put some information into long term memory and work with Julia to get this all figured out for our presentation on Thursday. Hopefully we can produce something that will be of use to others in the class (or anybody else at our level of experience) if they are keen to move beyond the basic .com cookie cutter product (which I now see some simplistic advantages to using … this will all be good in the end.)
Wonderful image editing tricks presented this morning, especially the one for making the background transparent (for free!). I will use that somehow. Digital storytelling … so many obvious applications for elementary kids, but I bet MS and HS kids could create thoughtful products, demonstrating their understanding of concepts in many subjects. Our 8th graders have traditionally produced an iMovie reflecting back on their lives, but incorporating storytelling tools may be a welcome option for them.
And, as mentioned, most the pie chart of my mind was dedicated to getting meaganpavey.com off the ground, with Craig doing most of the heavy lifting this afternoon outside of class for the set up. Thank you, Craig!!!! I want to take a full blown course in this this fall, and get the process for setting this up so I more fully understand what we did today, especially the FTP, modifying the code and the ins and outs of the security plugins. As the theme seems to be going, I have enough knowledge to get in trouble with so many aspects of tech, but not enough to get myself out of i! For some reason, when I was trying to follow a friend’s blog on my reader this afternoon, a new WordPressblog site seemed to be have been created, not connected to either my work, the TCNJ, my personal tetheredexpat blog nor the new one we created this afternoon. Automagically it seems I had an account (without any pages) created for meaganpavey2015. Hmmm … a strategy by WP to get me to create an account, not knowing I am already juggling too many? 🙂
I really appreciate the “building and modifying a prefab house on a plot of land” analogy Craig used with me today. I think Julia and I might run with that one. To be determined Wednesday.
And another significant accomplishment for the day … bought two bottles of cava and two cartons of juice for our class fest on Thursday. Vitamin C and hydration are important for learning. Need to find some plastic glasses!
Do you ever have one of those days where it smacks you in the head, how little you know on a topic? The “hardware talk” today made me realize how I’ve been cruising through my tech life so blissfully ignorant, leaving issues such as processor speed, memory and storage to the tech team at our school to advise me on, and I went with the “whatever you think is best” approach for decisions. (I think I would still take that approach as the knowledge and expertise in that department is immense, and I now have just the minimal amount of knowledge to get myself in trouble.)
Where I think I have not invested enough energy for my own learning is programing, but I do feel proud that I have been an active supporter of a teacher who does know what he is doing in my old middle school. When we revised our course offerings in 2010, we had a “multi-media” course, where Glenn (the teacher) had the foresight to put a substantial unit on Scratch programming into it. I didn’t fully appreciate it, but kids were captivated and engaged in the work. When Glenn took on the development of the robotics course for 7th graders, I started to see the programming connections, the use of blocks of code, and the importance of getting kids to see how to combine chunks of code to execute an action. I am in even more awe of Glenn and the kids for accomplishing what they do after 3 years of the robotics course and now a club being up, running and very active. What has been so interesting to see is the reaction of other teachers to our robotics class, club and the programming unit in the multi-media class. They are mildly amused, but I don’t think, reflecting back on their reactions, they realize how important this skill and understanding for the kids is. Even if they never do anything more advanced than what they experience in middle school, they will have an understanding and appreciation of how code causes action … a whole lot more than I have understood up until recently. Many of the adult reactions took the approach that if we teach kids code, we will not be teaching them the importance of social skills, caring for one another, appreciation of the arts, etc. Thinking seems a tad black and white.
Today’s time, playing with Scratch and MakeyMakey was fabulous. I completely missed the boat when I was using MakeyMakey with my study hall kids this year (I admit – primarily to entertain them), and did not tap into any of the programming side of it. Kids figured out how to complete the circuits quickly, and then just found ready made programs on the MakeyMakey site, rather than me pushing them to use Scratch to create their own. Oh, for a do-over!
This website will save my life … okay, an exaggeration, perhaps. This may let me avoid the world of plugins, and moving to a .org site, although I don’t know if that is good or bad.
WW3 Schools … I think it is somehow linked to WordPress. It has a cool feature that lets you play with code and see the effect in real time. I used it to build this table when trying to study (read “procrastinate”) for the comps by organizing the 2008 ISLLC standards and compare them with the 2015 draft version.
But what I don’t understand is why the boarders won’t show up on the published version. And I’m not sure why there are these “class” codes in there. I’m wondering if it is because I copied the text from a pdf I got online? Maybe? And the exact same code ends up with a different looking table, when published on my personal blog. Not sure what is happening.
ISLLC Comparison Chart
An education leader promotes the success of every student by facilitating the development, articulation, implementation, and stewardship of a vision of learning that is shared and supported by all stakeholders.
Education leaders build a shared vision of student academic success and well-being.
|2||An education leader promotes the success of every student by advocating, nurturing, and sustaining a school culture and instructional program conducive to student learning and staff professional growth.||
Education leaders champion and support instruction and assessment that maximizes student learning and achievement.
An education leader promotes the success of every student by ensuring management of the organization, operation, and resources for a safe, efficient, and effective learning environment.
Education leaders manage and develop staff members’ professional skills and practices in order to drive student learning and achievement.
An education leader promotes the success of every student by collaborating with faculty and community members, responding to diverse community interests and needs, and mobilizing community resources.
Education leaders cultivate a caring and inclusive school community dedicated to student learning, academic success and personal well-being of every student.
An education leader promotes the success of every student by acting with integrity, fairness, and in an ethical manner.
Education leaders effectively coordinate resources, time, structures and roles to build the instructional capacity of teachers and other staff.
An education leader promotes the success of every student by understanding, responding to, and influencing the political, social, economic, legal, and cultural context.
Education leaders engage families and the outside community to promote and support student success.
Education leaders administer and manage operations efficiently and effectively.
Random thoughts and discoveries in no particular order …
My brain is hurting, but in a good way. More wonderful tools presented before the break, and I am just so thankful you have them referenced on the class website, Craig. Thank you … I’ll be coming back for weeks/months to come.
Largely, I’ve been “playing” this afternoon,, which I now believe to be a sickly sweet euphemism for learning by trial and error. But it is how I learn best, so all is good. Trial and error mostly related to html coding, what to teach and getting it to “work” in my own webpage. I had a bizarre experience, which I will talk through tomorrow … I could “embed” video from YouTube this morning at school to WordPress, but could not do it when I came home, prompting a bit of research and discovery that WP does not allow it. (But it allowed me this morning …. <frustration> ….</frustration>.
My three mini-lessons for tomorrow will hopefully prove useful to others … the Pinterest and TweetDeck appealing to the PD side in people and html widget creation appealing to the inner geek. I’m unsure why I couldn’t find the ready-made widget for embedding the latest Tweets into the blog, as I have done on my personal WP site. For follow up tomorrow.
One of the things I have thought a lot about in my time as a tech-positive-trying-to-walk-the-talk administrator is the time I spend making videos, updating my blog, designing spreadsheets and pivot tables, doing mail merges for certificates, and the list goes on … but that is all time I am not in classrooms and hanging out with kids and teachers, just getting to know them. I love the creative and product oriented side of creating media, and crunching data so that it leads to some ah-has, but I wonder if it the best use of my time. I felt a huge weight off my shoulders when I let go of being the “go-to” person for our student management system as far as getting learning goals input into it, and helping teachers with their grade books and then producing report cards. I loved the challenge of getting the system to do something it was not designed to do, but I always felt there were others who were better suited to tackle the challenge if they had the time and felt an urgency to do so.
Time … it all comes down to time and priorities.
This one took me a while to figure out … but if I can do it, so can you. A better title might be “The Art of Stealing Code and Modifying It to Suit Your Own Purposes”. Yah?
Craig showed us the “visual” and the “text” side of the WordPress site builder. We do our work in the visual side, using macros made available by the software company in a format that looks close to the publication version, it gets translated into html on the text side, and then into the “prettier” published version when you visit the website as an outsider. Over the years, I figured out that many of the software we use can have more customized output when we publish if we modify the code or enter our own simple code. I found this in SurveyMonkey, Moodle, Atlas and WordPress.
But how do you figure out how to modify pre-existing code?
My basic understanding of html coding: all html code starts with <dosomething> has the text or link in the middle and ends with </dosomething>
Don’t you want your text to be able to be viewed really small? Or to be able to write superscript or subscript ? OK, maybe not. But tables can be handy.
|Column 1||Column 2||Column 3|
|Table Cell||Table Cell||Table Cell|
|Table Cell||Table Cell||Table Cell|
|Table Cell||Table Cell||Table Cell|
From the WordPress Support Page
WordPress.com allows the following HTML code in your posts, pages, and widgets:
address, a, abbr, acronym, area, article, aside, b, big, blockquote, br, caption, cite, class, code, col, del, details, dd, div, dl, dt, em, figure, figcaption, footer, font, h1, h2, h3, h4, h5, h6, header, hgroup, hr, i, img, ins, kbd, li, map, ol, p, pre, q, s, section, small, span, strike, strong, sub, summary, sup, table, tbody, td, tfoot, th, thead, tr, tt, u, ul, var
Check out W3 Schools for more information about what each of these HTML codes are used for.
If you are familiar with HTML, you’ll notice that codes such as
embed, frame, iframe, form, input, object, textarea and others are missing from the above list. Those codes are not allowed on WordPress.com for security reasons.
But the bit I really wanted to get to … linking your WordPress site using the text widget in the side bar.
1) From the Dashboard, under Appearance, open the Widgets and drag a Text field into the side bar menu.
Title the Text Field and copy paste the html code below into the text box, modifying it to link to your social media pages.
<div><a href=”yourtwitterURL“><img title=”Twitter” src=”https://socialmediawidgets.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/twitter.png” alt=”Twitter” width=”35″ height=”35″ /></a><a href=”yourpinterestURL“><img title=”Pinterest” src=”//socialmediawidgets.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/pinterest.png” alt=”Pinterest” width=”35″ height=”35″ /></a> <a href=”yourfacebookURL“><img title=”Facebook” src=”https://socialmediawidgets.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/facebook.png” alt=”Facebook” width=”35″ height=”35″ /></a> <a href=”mailto:youremailaddress“><img title=”Email” src=”https://socialmediawidgets.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/email.png” alt=”Email” width=”35″ height=”35″ /></a><a href=”//yourblogURL/feed”><img title=”RSS” src=”https://socialmediawidgets.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/rss.png” alt=”RSS” width=”35″ height=”35″ /></a></div>
If you are brand new to Twitter, this screen cast is a good place to start, right from how to sign up for a Twitter account and customize it to meet your needs. Beware: 25 minutes long but super easy to follow.
Hashtags are the search engine of the Twitterverse. Not just for tweeting out to the world where you are or a picture of your cappuccino. Connect with educators using hashtags on specific topics. Connect with educators in “chat groups”. Great 8 min. video below on using hashtags in education.
A sample of popular hashtags within the education community.
#k12 #edchat #teaching
Connected Principals – #cpchat #edleaders #edadmin #edpolicy #edreform #msadmin
Check out the real authority for Twitter in Education as a PD Resource
Participate in Twitter Chats for learning.